Professor / Associate Professor of Special Needs Dentistry

Sydney, Australia
09 May 2022
End of advertisement period
05 Jul 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Exciting opportunity for an outstanding senior academic who is a leading authority within their discipline
  • Located at Sydney Dental School in Surry Hills within the Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • 5-year fixed-term appointment with an attractive remuneration package.

About the opportunity

The Faculty of Medicine and Health, the largest division of the university, is dedicated to attracting and developing the brightest minds in health education and research to make and shape the future of health. Working and teaching across all health disciplines including Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, Medical Sciences and Public Health, we have close to 13,000 students enrolled in our courses, and our teaching and research activities are supported by over 2,200 academic and professional staff as well as more than 3,800 affiliated academics.

Sydney Dental School is ranked amongst the top dental schools globally and is one of the largest dental schools in Australia. It is housed within the Sydney Dental Hospital at Surry Hills and the Westmead Centre for Oral Health at Westmead Hospital with outreach across NSW.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding senior academic as Professor or Associate Professor of Special Needs Dentistry and Gerodontology, in partnership with the Sydney Local Health District (SLHD). Global demand for dental treatment in patients with special needs is increasing, especially as older population retain and rehabilitate their dentition. There is a place in the dental health system for specialists in Special Needs Dentistry (SND), which currently encompasses Gerodontology, due to the increasing demand for specialist services among dental patients with special needs and growing number of the elderly. The position requires an academic leader who will provide vision and focus to build a strong SND and Gerodontology teaching and research team to advance the mission of the school. Responsibilities include oversight for all SND and Gerodontology teaching, research and administrative activities of the subject area and the whole discipline, provision of SND and Gerodontology at SLHD while leading DClinDent (Special Needs Dentistry) program, and supervision of students enrolled in this program.

About you (skills, capabilities and experience)

The successful candidate will be a PhD qualified academic in a relevant field of study, registered or eligible for registration as a dentist and specialist in Special Needs Dentistry with the Dental Board of Australia. You must also possess a DDS/DMD degree or equivalent along with eligibility for temporary license in NSW. The successful candidate will possess a national or international reputation in Special Needs Dentistry and/or Gerodontology, with a supporting research profile including competitive research grants, publications and evidence of recognition within the broader research community. The successful candidate will have a distinguished record of academic teaching excellence, as evidenced through successful student outcomes, demonstrated impact on student learning, recognition through awards/prizes and innovation. You will have demonstrated experience in people leadership and an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key strategic issues in the higher education sector, including demonstrated success in supervising and/or mentoring others towards success. The successful candidate will have an understanding of and ability to lead, develop and support an academic endeavour from curriculum design to producing leading research, providing a student enabling environment.

The successful applicant must have a wide network of established relationships with key academic, industry and professional institutions, partners and stakeholders, that can be leveraged to enhance the standing of the discipline, school, faculty and University.

Term and remuneration

The successful candidate will be offered a 5-year fixed-term position on a full-time basis, with the possibility for renewal subject to assessment of performance. The appointment is subject to completion of a satisfactory probation period for new appointees.

Visa sponsorship and relocation assistance will also be provided if required.

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Applications (including a CV and cover letter outlining how your skills, capabilities and experience meet the requirements for the role) must be submitted via the link above. Please refer to the candidate information brochure for further details.

Candidate Information Brochure - Special Needs Dentistry and Gerodontology

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Intending applicants are welcome to seek further information about the position from: Professor Woosung Sohn, Head of Discipline, Discipline of Population Oral Health, Sydney Dental School, Faculty of Medicine and Health on +61 439 063 770 or by email

For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact: Dr Mushtaq Sobhan (Senior Talent Partner, Recruitment Operations, Human Resources) on +61 433 556 642 or by email


To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

As this position is located on a NSW Health site, it is a regulatory requirement to complete compulsory employment checks prior to starting in this position. For more information and instructions, please visit: NSW Health employment requirements

This position is designated as involving child-related work. To undertake or remain in this position, you are required to apply for and obtain a Working With Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012.

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

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Applications Close

5th July 2022 11:59 PM